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Inspiration & Impact This Giving Tuesday

This Giving Tuesday, we are inspired by the incredible artisans we’ve met in Ghana who—against all odds—are determined to create brighter futures for themselves and their families.

Since the beginning of Indego days, it has been our vision to change the lives of female artisans across Africa. That’s why, after eight years of impact in Rwanda, we are so excited to bring our mission to Ghana and empower more women who are deeply in need of resources and opportunities.

In Ghana’s poorest regions…

  • women on average earn less than 50 cents per day
  • almost 70% are illiterate
  • up to 50% have no formal education 

We are committed to addressing these inequities by providing artisans with opportunities to earn sustainable income, receive education, and achieve their dreams.

In January of 2016, we plan to complete our Ghana launch and bring life-changing economic empowerment and education programs to more than 150 local artisans.

But we need your support to make it happen. Help make an impact this Giving Tuesday.

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The Fertility Doll: A Story of Femininity, Motherhood and Wishes for Wellness

One of our favorite gifts for the holiday season this year is our just-launched handmade-in-Ghana wooden fertility doll. This beautiful statuette is a traditional symbol of femininity, fertility, and motherhood in Ghana’s Ashanti region, and we simply love its special meaning and history.

In Ghanaian mythology, fertility dolls are thought to bring good luck to women trying to conceive, as well as health and happiness to expecting mamas-to-be. Historically, women would wrap and carry these dolls on their backs as if they were children, a ritual believed to induce pregnancy and ensure a safe delivery. How beautiful is that? 

Our Indego fertility doll is a pregnant woman carrying a baby on her back, which symbolizes a caring mother, both during pregnancy and after childbirth. These dolls have significance in each element of their design: they have a small mouth for a quiet baby, a large forehead for great intelligence, and a pregnant belly for good nutrition. We chose white beads to symbolize the innocence of the baby. We know all mamas and mamas-to-be have hearts full of wishes for their babies and children, and we love that these special dolls can help these women carry those wishes during both pregnancy and beyond. 

We love the rich history and beautiful meaning behind these dolls and think they make an extra-special gift for all moms, women, and mamas-to-be. We hope you agree!

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Sleepykins // A Collected Space for Iris

A guest post from our Creative Director on Babiekins Magazine

When I was pregnant with Iris and thinking about decorating a nursery, I wanted to have a room that felt both light and airy but also was filled to the brim with playful, unique and meaningful things. I didn’t know if I was having a boy or a girl so I figured I could start with all-white-everything and add pops of color once our little lovebug arrived. I loved the idea of my little boy or girl growing up and discovering the pieces in their room and me being able to tell a story about each and every one of them. Once Iris arrived and I knew she’d be a collector like me, I wanted even more for her room to feel like a special treasure trove with well-loved pieces that all could grow with her. Naturally, there are many beautiful baskets and items from indego africa and many precious gifts and keepsakes from family and friends. Even now she loves to say hi and by to all her dolls and toys and we often walk around the room and touch all the special pieces. For me, Iris’s room is definitely the most magical place in our home and I hope that when she is in there she feels all the love and the memories that it holds for her.

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